Structural Analysis Wiki

Technical Terms Used in Dlubal Software

The Dlubal Structural Analysis Wiki explains technical terms used in structural analysis and design. The terms are given in alphabetical order and are usually used in Dlubal Software.

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C Cross-Section

A cross-section describes dimensions of a member in its section representation. This is often referred to as a "profile" – especially in steel construction.

When creating a cross-section, all properties are defined which are necessary for a structural analysis: surface, moment of intertia, section modulus (see Figure 01). A distinction is made between various cross‑section types, such as rectangular or composite cross-section.

One cross-section has to be assigned to each member in RFEM and RSTAB. Many cross-sections are already stored in the library and can be selected there (see Figure 02).